Summary: this is a great product. It has a highly-regarded video processor inside. After making some picture-quality adjustments, I was surprised how well a DVD of the first season of Green Acres looks when played through this product. (This show was made over 40 years ago.) SD DVDs of recently-shot shows and movies look even better! The refurbished item was well-packaged and pristine looking.
Summary: This is/was the BEST Hi-Def player . I say was as hd-dvd lost the war to blu-ray. But I am keeping this for my hd-dvd and Standard def. Library ...over 80 hd and 800 sd. The sound is awesome and SDef picture is compared to $5000.00 upconverters ... HD picture is excellent. Only machine that passes all tests and very highly reviewed .Shame hd-dvd did not win as blu-ray after two years has NOTHING on the XA2.
Summary: Bought this refurbished player from Overstock.com and have been very happy with this purchase. The HDXA2 shipped the same day I ordered it and arrived well packed. The player looked like it was brand new and included the manual,remote and all cables. I have not had any problems with playback of SD-DVD's or HD-DVD's. This is the best HD-DVD player Toshiba made and one of the best upconverting players around for your standard DVD's. Excellent buy for the price.
Summary: HD DVD Playback - The best of the pack bar none. DVD Upconversion - Worthy competition to the best from Oppo and Denon due to its Reon HQV chip. Audio - Able to decode Dolby True HD and extract DTS Core Only from DTS HD-MA. Excellent performance all-around either from HDMI or 5.1 analog connections.